Pileated Woodpecker visits Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Beautiful sunny day in late August it was. A good time to do the 4.1-mile loop hike in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park a few miles west of home in the heart of the city of Beaverton. The 222-acre Park surrounds the confluence of Cedar Mill Creek and Beaverton Creek.

It is a remarkably diverse wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests, ponds and streams. The trails’ names tell the story – – – Oak, Creek, Old Wagon, Vine Maple, Big Fir, Cougar, Chickadee, Cedar Grove, Ash, Serviceberry, Big Pond, Trillium Loop and Ponderosa Loop.

The highlight of the hike was spotting a pileated woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in the country. Always a pleasant place to visit.

Pileated Woodpecker

Bittersweet Nightshade

Skipper Butterfly (?)



Orange Balsam

Crab Spider on a Queen Anne’s Lace

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  1. Lovely blog post. Thank you for letting me see places I wouldn’t see otherwise. And what a sweet little spider. (Did I just say that?)

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